Enough W/Broken Wood Handles on Shovels

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ed2hess, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is the direction that I am headed with putting 1 1/4" metal conduit in place of the wood. Don't know if it will holdup it is only 1mm thick. I badly need to find a cap.

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    You have got to keep it covered when temp gets close to 100F. But we usually aren't do landscaping at that time.

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  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    they won't get hot if they are vertical but are not safe OSHA wise.

    i made trimming shovels for swimming pool excavation from chain link fence top rail, a 1in cap should fit the end.
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  3. Crimson Lawn

    Crimson Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ed,
    Try aluminum pipe or go to steel, like 3/16. Might be heavy. Paint it and buy some Tool Dip. Dip the end 8 or 9 times. Or just buy a bunch of shovels and scrap the heads at the end of the year.
     
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    This conduit was cheap.....picked it up when mowing. And it just happened to the right side and can be bought at Lowers. I must have 10 broken shovels and rakes. That dip idea was good, will it stand up to wear?
     
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use the heavy duty fiberglass handle shovels by kobalt. Love them.
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  6. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
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    Only time we break shovels is when one of the guys is using for something other than digging, like prying through a centerblook of a four inch root.
     
  7. Arvydas

    Arvydas LawnSite Member
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    I have shovels, hoes, rakes, etc. that I've used heavily for years. I oil them regularly with linseed or coconut oil, which maintains the integrity of the wood, and I make sure to only buy tools with quality hardwood handles. That makes a huge difference! Better to spend the extra 10-20 dollars now for the better tool than waste time later.
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  8. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Like the old saying goes
    A cheap tool is a expensive tool
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I only buy high quality tools, in my 5th year now with only 1 broken rake that was unrepairable, a seed scoop that was busted by being run over, and replaced a handle on a heavily used pitchfork. I can say this much, don't have high hopes for yard sale tools.
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  10. Crimson Lawn

    Crimson Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tool Dip works for a while but everyone else is right, high quality hardwood shovels last. I have been buying from Lowes to get me through, a little repair here and there helped but I will start to change mine out this year. I just get tired of trying to repair some much stuff and people who like to use a shovel as a pry bar.
     

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